'The Wire' actor Wendell Pierce arrested after alleged attack on Sanders supporter

Actor Wendell Pierce arrested in Atlanta
Actor Wendell Pierce arrested in Atlanta

Police say actor Wendell Pierce has been arrested at an Atlanta hotel where he was a guest.

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Donald Hannah says in a statement that Pierce was arrested early Saturday morning at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

New Orleans native Pierce is known for his television roles as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on The Wire and Antoine Batiste on Treme.

TMZ earlier reported that Pierce allegedly battered a couple during a political dispute. Citing hotel sources, TMZ reports that Pierce, an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter, became upset "when the woman declared her support for Bernie [Sanders]." Pierce is alleged to have pushed the boyfriend and grabbed the hair of the woman and smacked her in the head. TMZ reports that the couple then called the police.

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Hannah's statement says the incident was not significant and was treated as "any other arrest." He says Pierce never indicated he was well-known.

Online Fulton County Jail records show Pierce was arrested on a charge of simple battery Saturday and released the same day on $1,000 bond.

Hannah says the police will share the incident report once it has been completed. No other details were available.

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